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India grounds 11 Indigo, GoAir jets after P&W engine shutdowns

Reuters  |  NEW DELHI 

By Aditi Shah

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A series of in-flight engine failures prompted India's regulator on Monday to order the immediate grounding of A320neo fitted with certain engines.

Eleven operated by Indian carriers and are affected by the directive from India's of Civil (DGCA), it said.

DGCA said it had also asked the airlines not to replace the engines.

On Monday a flight operated by IndiGo, India's biggest low-cost carrier, experienced a technical glitch with one of its engines.

It was forced to return to Ahmedabad airport, in western India, the airline, which is owned by Aviation, said in a separate statement.

DGCA said there had been three such incidents in 2018 - two involving and one with an

In February, the U.S. regulator said the engines pose a shutdown risk, following similar action by European regulators that month.

have hundreds of A320neo planes on order but they, among other carriers, are facing delivery delays due to problems with the engines.

"We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption. The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration. We are working to mitigate the ...situation by the end of the second quarter," said a statement from Pratt, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

DGCA said it would remain in touch with the stakeholders including the European Safety Agency.

Eight operated by and three by will need to be grounded, it said.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah; editing by and Dasha Afanasieva)

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:39 IST